| Event type

Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤100 kilograms), Men

Date27 – 31 July 1976
LocationAréna Maurice-Richard, Montréal, Québec / Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants15 from 15 countries
FormatScoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler, but a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

The defending champion and favorite was Soviet Ivan Yarygin, who had won the World title in 1973 and the Europeans in 1972, 1975, and 1976. He was expected to be challenged by American Russ Hellickson, who had been a medal favorite as a light-heavyweight in 1972. Hellickson, however,had lost in the 1972 Olympic Trials to Ben Peterson, who went on to win the light-heavyweight gold medal in München. Hellickson continued to compete as a light-heavy but could not beat dominant Soviet Georgian Levan Tediashvili, so Hellickson elected to move up to heavyweight, which was a more natural weight for him. In round five Yarygin and Hellickson met with Yarygin winning a hard-fought match 19-13 to defend his gold medal. Hellickson then defeated Bulgarian Dimo Kostov to take the silver medal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCREBad Points
1Ivan YaryginURSGold
2Russ HellicksonUSASilver
3Dimo KostovBULBronze
4Petr DrozdaTCH
5Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL
6Kazuo ShimizuJPN
7Hans-Peter StratzFRG
8Daniel VerníkARG
ACReza SokhtesaraieIRIEliminated r3/68,0
ACSteve DaniarCANEliminated r3/68,5
ACHarald BüttnerGDREliminated r2/66,5
ACEnache PanaitROUEliminated r2/67,0
ACKeith PeacheGBREliminated r2/67,5
ACRobert N'DiayeSENEliminated r2/68,0
ACTore HemNORWithdrew r2/64,0

Round One (27 July 1976 — 20:14)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Daniel VerníkARG0,0
=1Dimo KostovBUL0,0
=1Hans-Peter StratzFRG0,0
=1Petr DrozdaTCH0,0
=1Russ HellicksonUSA0,0
6Ivan YaryginURS0,5
=7Kazuo ShimizuJPN1,0
=7Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL1,0
=9Reza SokhtesaraieIRI3,0
=9Enache PanaitROU3,0
11Harald BüttnerGDR3,5
=12Steve DaniarCAN4,0
=12Keith PeacheGBR4,0
=12Tore HemNOR4,0withdrew
=12Robert N'DiayeSEN4,0

Match #1 Kazuo ShimizuJPN
decision (8-6)
Reza SokhtesaraieIRI
Match #2 Russ HellicksonUSA
fall (2:35)
Keith PeacheGBR
Match #3 Dimo KostovBUL
fall (2:44)
Steve DaniarCAN
Match #4 Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL
decision (5-3)
Enache PanaitROU
Match #5 Ivan YaryginURS
decision (13-5)
Harald BüttnerGDR
Match #6 Petr DrozdaTCH
fall (3:18)
Tore HemNOR
Match #7 Daniel VerníkARG
fall (0:17)
Robert N'DiayeSEN
Match #8 Hans-Peter StratzFRG bye

Round Two (28 July 1976 — 20:06)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Dimo KostovBUL0,0
=1Petr DrozdaTCH0,0
=1Russ HellicksonUSA0,0
4Ivan YaryginURS0,5
5Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL2,0
6Hans-Peter StratzFRG3,0
=7Daniel VerníkARG4,0
=7Reza SokhtesaraieIRI4,0
9Steve DaniarCAN4,5
10Kazuo ShimizuJPN5,0
11Harald BüttnerGDR6,5eliminated
12Enache PanaitROU7,0eliminated
13Keith PeacheGBR7,5eliminated
14Robert N'DiayeSEN8,0eliminated

Match #1 Reza SokhtesaraieIRI
decision (10-4)
Hans-Peter StratzFRG
Match #2 Russ HellicksonUSA
DQ (6:52)
Kazuo ShimizuJPN
Match #3 Steve DaniarCAN
decision (14-6)
Keith PeacheGBR
Match #4 Dimo KostovBUL
fall (4:05)
Enache PanaitROU
Match #5 Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL
decision (9-5)
Harald BüttnerGDR
Match #6 Ivan YaryginURS
fall (1:26)
Daniel VerníkARG
Match #7 Petr DrozdaTCH
fall (2:48)
Robert N'DiayeSEN

Round Three (29 July 1976 — 19:51)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
=1Petr DrozdaTCH0,0
=1Russ HellicksonUSA0,0
3Ivan YaryginURS1,0
4Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL2,0
5Dimo KostovBUL3,5
6Kazuo ShimizuJPN5,0
7Hans-Peter StratzFRG7,0eliminated
=8Daniel VerníkARG8,0eliminated
=8Reza SokhtesaraieIRI8,0eliminated
10Steve DaniarCAN8,5eliminated

Match #1 Kazuo ShimizuJPN
fall (2:58)
Hans-Peter StratzFRG
Match #2 Russ HellicksonUSA
fall (8:26)
Reza SokhtesaraieIRI
Match #3 Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL walkover
Match #4 Ivan YaryginURS
decision (16-5)
Dimo KostovBUL
Match #5 Petr DrozdaTCH
fall (2:19)
Daniel VerníkARG

Round Four (30 July 1976 — 20:28)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Russ HellicksonUSA0,5
2Ivan YaryginURS1,0
3Petr DrozdaTCH4,0
4Dimo KostovBUL4,5
5Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL5,5
6Kazuo ShimizuJPN8,0eliminated

Match #1 Dimo KostovBUL
decision (9-6)
Kazuo ShimizuJPN
Match #2 Russ HellicksonUSA
decision (14-5)
Khorloogiin BayanmönkhMGL
Match #3 Ivan YaryginURS
fall (5:30)
Petr DrozdaTCH

Round Five (31 July 1976 — 11:57)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBad Points
1Ivan YaryginURS2,0
2Russ HellicksonUSA3,5
3Dimo KostovBUL4,5
4Petr DrozdaTCH8,0eliminated

Match #1 Ivan YaryginURS
decision (19-13)
Russ HellicksonUSA
Match #2 Dimo KostovBUL
fall (3:53)
Petr DrozdaTCH

Final Round (31 July 1976 — 16:50)

Match #1 Russ HellicksonUSA
decision (12-6)
Dimo KostovBUL